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But now you've gone into this discussion of you can't govern
by committee. Was this tendency to debate so extensively and
intensely within the reform clubs, and specifically the VID: is
this one of the things that led you to this change?
Well, that's part of it. The other is I have great confidence
in my own ability. I have made mistakes -- there's no question
about it -- but when I contemplate... What is a district leader?
He's not elected by the club. He's elected by the Democrats.
19,000 Democrats may have been my constituency when I first ran --
I just don't remember the number, but it's something like that --
maybe a little more, and 9000 vote in that first '63 election.
So who do I take my instructions from? Do I take them from club
members, 110 of them who may have all voted, or do I take them
from the Democrats who elected me as I perceive what their positions
are, or do I do what I do now as a member of Congress? I have
the same kind of philosophy as a member of Congress today that
I developed ultimately as a district leader, which is this, and
I'll give it to you in a very brief way: I believe that people
elected me not to be a lever to establish a referendum, that I
take a poll in some form and whatever the poll shows, that's how
I vote -- not at all. I believe that people elected me because
they have decided that I have good judgment, and they want me, or
at least they want me more than whoever ran against me; and that
they want that judgment expressed.
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